Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Egypt: Scientists Find Three Mummies In 'Cursed' Sarcophagus

Egypt: Scientists Find Three Mummies In 'Cursed' Sarcophagus

Egyptian archaeologists have opened a mysterious 30-ton black sarcophagus to find the skeletons of what are thought to be three ancient warriors floating in red sewage water.

Workmen inadvertently unearthed the approximately 2,000-year-old black granite sealed sarcophagus this month during the construction of an apartment building in the historic Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

Archaeologists believe it is 2,000 years old, dating back to the early Ptolemaic period, which began around 323 B.C. Since that's when Alexander The Great died, some people speculated it might contain his remains.

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A likely arrow wound has already been discovered on one of the skulls, leading to early speculation the bodies are those of military officials from the Ptolemaic period. Once something was found, a specialized restoration team will immediately take over, transferring the contents into an Alexandria museum storage to quickly start restoration procedures.

British outlet The Independent, among others, pushed a theory that the tomb could contain the remains of Alexander the Great. But, the tomb was quite small for a king like Alexander, who established the city.

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"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", joked Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Ministry of Antiquities, speaking with Egypt Today.

This huge alabaster head was also found during the dig.

The researchers found an alabaster bust of an unidentified man along with the sarcophagus.

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"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness, said Waziri. That is why I called the Ministry of Antiquties to hurry up and open the sarcophagus as soon as possible, to put an end to such a dream and suggestions", Hawass told Ahram Online.

Abu al-Ela said that they will use thick pipes to raise the sarcophagus lid until they can see inside.

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